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Photographed by Emma Lawson Photography

at Kirknewton Stables


A country estate just outside Edinburgh played host to a personalised wedding that was a perfectly planned mash up of country vintage with a splash of summer fete…

Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
Love at first sight. We arranged our first date in Treacle on Broughton Street over four years ago and have never looked back!
We were inspired by…
I would say I was inspired by a few different looks. I would describe the day as ‘eclectic’! Obviously you need to respond to the surroundings and the venue itself as well, as having your personality come through. I’d say we went for a mash up of country vintage with a splash of summer fate all wrapped up in vibrant colours finished with gorgeous atmospheric candle and fairy lights to create the perfect cosy and welcoming ambience. It helps to add your own creative twist to make things a little more quirky and fit into your personalities. We spent hours looking and researching the flowers which were key to pulling the whole look and colour scheme together.

How did you personalise your wedding day?
We were going for a very relaxed and fun day with our closest friends and family. We wanted the day to be different from a traditional wedding and tailored almost every aspect to make sure it was unique to Grant and I’s personalities, which I think we managed to get over. We started the day with a drinks reception on the lawn with Pimms, Prosecco and Peroni which the bridesmaids, mothers and my father and I arrived to. I didn’t want the ‘big’ entrance so this way it was nice and relaxed.
We then walked down our own personalised well-wishing aisle which I handmade – I ironed on transfers of all our guests ‘well-wishing’ messages and included photos of Grant and I as kids and our favourite pictures of us together. As it was a humanist ceremony we wrote the whole service ourselves so we managed to get in some funny stories and also had song lyrics as one of our readings. We signed the register on each other’s backs to seal the deal and then as husband and wife we walked back up the aisle as the Elton John’s ‘Are you ready for love?’ video played on the big screen behind us.
As the second drinks reception was going on the ushers and MC handed our guests out their personalised boarding cards for ‘Grantoria Airlines’ (playing on the fact Grant is a pilot) which told them their destination, gate number (table name and number) and their seat number. We had the ‘inflight menu’ listing all the tasty treats awaiting them on the BBQ. Victoria’s sister Rebecca made a massive blackboard with a wonderful colourful design of the different drink offerings. Beer and wine buckets were darted about the room for self-service and there was a sweetie section and cheese board by I.J. Mellis stationed next to the bar for the evening nibbles.
The large screen was also used for the best man’s speech which had a video playing messages from our friends and family in Sydney. After our unique first dance, to a video made by Grant, we all danced the night away and Emma also provided a photo booth which was one of the evening’s highlights. Our guests lapped up the travel themed fancy dress!
What was on your wedding menu?
The BBQ included steak and onion burgers, venison sausages, falafel, lemon seabass, honey and mustard chicken with various side salads. The dessert was our wedding cake as it was too good to not share – it had mascarpone vanilla cream filling and Barra Berries for a touch of home as they were from Inverurie. The I.J Mellis cheese included Prima Donna, Manchego, Blue Cashel and Brie and was accompanied with Ola Chilli Jam which is also produced in Inverurie. Coffee and tea were served with Grant’s mum’s homemade tablet which was outstanding.
First dance – choreographed routine or sedate shuffle?
We danced/rocked to The Foo Fighters gorgeous song ‘Everlong’ as the lyrics to the song and photos were played on the screen behind us in a movie Grant made.

What is your advice for future brides & grooms?
Enjoy every minute of the day. Make sure you can grab five minutes to stand in the room and take it all in. I made sure I did this and I remember it perfectly, and how happy I was with the day watching everyone having fun in the beautifully decorated room. If you are doing a DIY wedding remember to get help/advice from those around you. I was lucky enough to have my sister on hand who also works in marketing and is very creative, my mum who is a primary school teacher and Grant who used to be a web designer/developer – so I had lots of support to help execute most tasks myself.
It was a complete ‘all hands on deck’ from both families and wedding party helping with the set-up which took the whole day before, a good few hours on the day and then the clean-up operation the day after.
Honeymoon or minimoon?
Honeymoon. We flew out on the Monday after the wedding to Mauritius and stayed at probably the best hotel I have ever been too. It was a small boutique hotel called 20 Degrees Sud and had a great honeymoon package. The food and wine were outstanding and the staff were so helpful and happy – they were like a small family. The hotel offered trips on their catamaran boat to the flat island which was incredible as we saw whales and the hotel owners also have the oldest boat in Mauritius where they offered dinner trips.
What’s the one thing you will never forget about your big day?
Walking down the aisle to Emmylou, glass of Prosecco in hand taking in all the guests and the well-wishing messages, then kissing my dad on the cheek and feeling completely excited and so so happy when I looked at Grant.
Why Scotland?
We both love Scotland and what it has to offer. I used to work in marketing at Visit Scotland, so I am a promoter of all things Scottish and can go on and on about it! We do have the most amazing venues on our doorstep and ok, the weather might be a hit or miss, but as long as you are surrounded by friends and family it’s all good and that is all you need! You just have to look at all the wedding photos on this blog to see the greenery and atmosphere you get from Scottish weddings. We have pipers, kilts, gorgeous historic venues, amazing local produce and service, ceilidh dancing and let’s not forget our love of having a very good time! What more could you ask for?

I love the idea of walking down the aisle with a glass of Prosecco in hand. What ideas from Victoria and Grant’s wedding are inspiring you? Alie x
Venue – Kirknewton Stables, Edinburgh
Photographer – Emma Lawson Photography All of our photos were candid and Emma managed to capture all the moments which made the day so special. I could not recommend Emma highly enough.
Wedding dress – Vic worked with a dressmaker Liz Cork from Inverurie to create the wedding dress, which included very handy hidden pockets for lipstick! Liz also designed and made the Mother of the Bride outfit
Wedding Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Accessories – Jenny Packham headdress, Grandmother’s Mikimoto necklace and earrings
Groom’s outfit – Howie at 21st Century Kilts made the bespoke kilt in Harris Tweed
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Ghost
Makeup Artist – Jo Ballantyne
Hair stylist – Max Tate – owner of Toni & Guy, Aberdeen
Florist – The Stockbridge Flower Company
Stationery – Designed and created by Grant and Victoria. We made all our own Save the Date HTML emails, printed wedding invitations, RSVP cards, table names, boarding cards (place cards) and any guest communication via HTML emails. I also designed and built our wedding website using mywedding.com
Cake – Made by Victoria’s brother-in-law’s mother – Martha Richmond makes cakes, desserts and afternoon teas in Inverurie. The cake was created to also be used for their summer dessert with a mascarpone, vanilla and cream filling and locally sourced Barra Berries from Aberdeenshire.
Band – Spotify playlists
Wedding Transport – Grant’s step-father’s BMW
Caterer – BBQ by King Boar Catering. Absolutely gorgeous food and the service was top notch
Additional Suppliers – The Swedish band First Aid Kit specially recorded an acoustic version of their song Emmylou for us which was utterly amazing for walking down the aisle – we felt very very lucky because we both love their music; Wedding rings from Jamieson & Carry and Finnies, Aberdeen
Humanist – Tim Maguire. I could not recommend Tim highly enough – our ceremony screamed Grant and I which is exactly why we chose to have a Humanist wedding.